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Pulmonary Rehabilitation - information for Health Professionals

Eligibility criteria

Inclusion Criteria

  • A diagnosis of chronic lung condition
  • MRC dyspnoea scale: 3 or more  (see below)
  • On optimal therapy as per NICE guidelines.
  • Stable or well controlled cardiac disease
  • Awareness of commitment and motivation required for programme
  • Ability to partake in group exercise and education sessions

Exclusion Criteria

  • Poorly controlled angina on minimal exertion
  • MI in last 6 weeks
  • Breathlessness as a result of cardiac disease
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Any medical problem that severely restricts exercise or compliance with the programme e.g. severe arthritis or dementia


MRC Dyspnoea Scale

  1. I only get breathless with strenuous exercise.
  2. I get short of breath when hurrying on the level or walking up a slight hill.
  3. I walk slower than people of the same age on the level because of my breathlessness, or I have to stop for breath when walking at my own pace on the level.
  4. I stop for breath after walking about 100 yards or after a few minutes on the level.
  5. I am too breathless to leave the house or I am breathless when dressing or undressing.


Referral process

Click here for our referral form


Outcome measures

  • MRC dyspnoea scale
  • Incremental shuttle walk


Contact Details

PR Lead at RBH: Laura Cornish- Inpatient therapies level 1 North block. 0118 322 5339.

email: Laura.Cornish@royalberkshire.nhs.uk


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